While it may true that this book need not be read as a prequel to DaVinci Code, it is almost a carbon-copy of the popular 'sequel' in terms of the storyline, just with different names for all the protagonists, except Robert Langdon of course. The story would probably read well for first-time listeners of Dan Brown, however it didn't quite live up to my expectations after having already read DaVinci Code and loved it for its suspense and brain-teasers (although sometimes a bit transparent) In "Angels", the object of Robert's pursuit is a bit more dramatic than in DaVinci yet I hardly want to care since the story is painfully dumbed down for the reader at several points. Overall, recommended for first-time listeners, not so much for the person looking for something equally or more entertaining than DaVinci and also offering a fresh plot.
Sooo boring and formulaic I wished for the first time someone besides the author had been the narrator. "New Rule" being spoken in Maher's drone-like voice became instantly annoying and distracting considering my mislead expectations that this 'funny' (occasionally, at best) and 'insightful' (more often than not) book was going to be presented as a dialogue where more than few sentences would be dedicated to each topic, or at least the funnier ones. Bill Maher must have released this solely as a way to augment his retirememt fund a bit because I see no other purpose for actually paying for this book other than using it as way to A) help barely pass the time in rush hour or B) rile up extreme conservatives, which we all know is sooo hard to do nowadays anyhow...
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